Rocky Mountain College announces 2015 Hall of Fame class

BILLINGS — Rocky Mountain College Director of Athletics Bruce Parker announced today that Rocky graduates Bill Hogan, Don Mast and Christine Schmitt-McFadyean, as well as the 1950-51 men’s basketball team will be inducted into the 2015 Rocky Mountain College Clara Klindt Athletic Hall of Fame.

“This group typifies the great history of Rocky Mountain College athletics,” Parker said. “We are so proud they will receive our highest athletic honor.”

Hogan participated in football, baseball and rodeo while at Rocky. After graduation from Rocky in 1964, Hogan embarked on a 27-year teaching and coaching career that saw him make stops at Lovell, Wyo., Drummond, then at Columbus, where he spent 24 years teaching government, U.S. history and physical education as well as coaching football and basketball.

Hogan took over the Columbus football program in 1971 and immediately built it into the power it remains today. His Cougars won the 1975 and 1980 Class C state titles and took second in 1974. After moving to Class B in 1981, Columbus finished second in 1983.

Hogan’s 1977 basketball team won the state Class C title, after finishing second in 1976.

Hogan was inducted into the Montana Coaches Association Coaches Hall of Fame in 1991.

Hogan retired from teaching and coaching in 1991. He and his wife Deborah live in Roberts, where he graduated in 1960.

Mast received a Bachelor of Arts degree in history and political science and a minor in psychology from Rocky in 1979, where he participated on the basketball team. In 1991, he earned a Master’s of Educational Guidance from Montana State University-Bozeman.

Mast’s first teaching and coaching job was at Winifred High School, where he taught grades 7-12 history and senior government and coached basketball, football and track, while also serving as the athletic director.

During his second stop, Mast taught Montana history and was the guidance counselor and coached basketball and football at White Sulphur Springs High School.

Mast spent the past 25 years as the men’s basketball coach at Dawson Community College in Glendive, Mont. He also taught psychology and communications at Dawson. Upon his retirement from Dawson this May, Mast held the distinction of being the longest tenured head men’s college basketball coach in Montana. He compiled a 439-330 coaching record at Dawson and is 598-412 overall.

Mast and his wife Brenda continue to reside in Glendive.

Schmitt, (now McFadyean) capped a remarkable four-year playing career at Rocky on the volleyball court by being selected as a second-team NAIA All-America in 2000. The 5-foot-10 outside hitter from Stanford, Mont., was also the MVP of the Frontier Conference and an all-NAIA Region I selection her senior season.

Schmitt, also the Frontier MVP as well as honorable mention All-America in 1997, left Rocky as the school’s all-time kills leader with 1,439 and compiled over 300 blocks and 1,000 kills during her career.

During her senior season, she led the Battlin’ Bears to the program’s second Frontier Conference championship, which compiled a 31-7 record. The 31 wins established a school record for victories, which was later topped by Rocky’s 32-win (32-3 overall) season in 2014.

Schmitt received a biology degree from Rocky in 2001. Prior to coming to Rocky in 1996, Schmitt helped guide Stanford to the 1994 State Class C volleyball title.

In 2001, Schmitt had her No. 13 jersey retired by Rocky during a special ceremony. It now hangs in the Rocky Hall of Fame room in the Fortin Education Center.

Schmitt is married to former Rocky basketball player Beau McFadyean. The two reside in Billings.

The first-ever Rocky men’s basketball team to qualify and play in the NAIA national championship tournament in Kansas City, Missouri, was the 1950-51 team, led by legendary coach Herb Klindt.

Rocky, which won the Montana Collegiate Conference (now known as the Frontier Conference) with a 12-3 record, traveled to Kansas City by train. The Battlin’ Bears lost to Hamline College (St. Paul, Minn.) 82-57 in the opening round of the 32-team tournament. Hamline went on to win the national title.

Rocky’s 56-45 upset of Idaho State in the first-round of the then-NAIB district tournament that was played at the Shrine Auditorium in Billings, earned the Battlin’ Bears a trip to the championship against the Montana State College Bobcats. Montana State beat Rocky 67-61, but because the Bobcats had already accepted a bid to play in the NCAA tournament, the Battlin’ Bears were added to the NAIA field.

Members of the 1951 Rocky team were: Dale “Dusty” Rhodes, Doug Armitage, Leo Fink, Bill Kroehler, Bob Knight, Charles Mitchell, Herb Chapman, Dale Nees, Dan Russell, Dick Cramer, Dave Gillis, Alex Nayes and Chris Branger. Head football coach Frank Mathew assisted Klindt, and the manager was Al Genatone.

Klindt, Mathew, Genatone, Fink, Rhodes and Russell have already been enshrined in Rocky’s Hall of Fame as individuals.

Rocky’s next appearance at the NAIA championships didn’t come until 1985. The program has participated in a total of 10 national championships, winning the national title in 2009.

This year’s Hall of Fame Weekend is scheduled to take place Sept. 11 and 12. The induction dinner and ceremony will take place Friday, Sept. 11. This year’s inductees, along with current members of the Hall of Fame in attendance, will be recognized during a ceremony at half time of the Rocky – MSU-Northern football game.

For more information on how you can be involved with Hall of Fame Weekend, please contact Rocky’s athletic department at: (406) 657-1133.

— Rocky Mountain College Sports Information

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